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Dr. Venkatachala Mohan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 4th Avenue Nw; Suite 303
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Venkatachala Mohan's medical specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended Maulana Azad Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Mohan's clinical interests include pain, feeding tube insertion, and celiac disease. Patient ratings for Dr. Mohan average 4.5 stars out of 5. Dr. Mohan is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Mohan (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Urdu, Kannada, and Tamil. He is affiliated with the University of Washington (UW) Medicine, Overlake Medical Center, and Swedish Cherry Hill Campus. Dr. Mohan welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), Crohn's disease, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Whipple Procedure, Ascites, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert A Wohlman, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 4th Avenue Nw; Suite 303
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Robert Wohlman's area of specialization is adult gastroenterology. After attending St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his residency training at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, Portland. His clinical interests include achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. Dr. Wohlman has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. Dr. Wohlman accepts Medicare insurance. His distinctions include: Seattle Super Doctors and Seattle Met : Top Doctors. He is affiliated with Overlake Medical Center and Swedish Issaquah Campus. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Ascites, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Dian-Jung Jung Chiang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 3020
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Dian Chiang is an adult gastroenterologist. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. His areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. Dr. Chiang's hospital/clinic affiliations include Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, Swedish Issaquah Campus, and Swedish First Hill Campus. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Chiang graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He completed his residency training at Duke University Medical Center. He speaks Mandarin and Min Nan.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, hepatoblastoma, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Ascites, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Raj Chandru Butani, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 Fourth Avenue Nw; Suite 303
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Raj Butani is a physician who specializes in adult gastroenterology. These areas are among his clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and whipple procedure. Dr. Butani is in-network for Medicare insurance. Before completing his residency at San Antonio Military Medical Center, Dr. Butani attended medical school at MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Seattle Magazine Top Doctors and Seattle Met Top Doctors. Dr. Butani (or staff) is conversant in Sindhi, Spanish, and Hindi. He is affiliated with Overlake Medical Center and Swedish Issaquah Campus. He has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jonah Bryan Essers, MPH, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 5010
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Jonah Essers' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Patient reviews placed Dr. Essers at an average of 4.0 stars out of 5. Areas of expertise for Dr. Essers include achalasia, celiac disease, and whipple procedure. His professional affiliations include Boston Children's Hospital, Swedish Issaquah Campus, and Swedish First Hill Campus. Before completing his residency at Children's National Medical Center and George Washington University Medical Center, Dr. Essers attended medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Essers is conversant in Hebrew.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Manometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Edwin J Lai, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 4th Avenue Northwest
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Edwin Lai works as an adult gastroenterologist. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5. These areas are among Dr. Lai's clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. He takes Medicare insurance. He graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine. For his residency, Dr. Lai trained at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Lai's hospital/clinic affiliations include Overlake Medical Center, Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, and Swedish First Hill Campus. He welcomes new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Ascites, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Georgia M Rees-Lui, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 Fourth Avenue Nw; Suite 303
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Georgia Rees-Lui is an adult gastroenterologist. Patient ratings for Dr. Rees-Lui average 4.5 stars out of 5. Her areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. She accepts Medicare insurance. She is a graduate of the University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Rees-Lui's medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Connecticut. She has received the following distinction: Seattle Met : Top Doctors. Dr. Rees-Lui (or staff) speaks Spanish and French. She is professionally affiliated with Overlake Medical Center and Swedish Issaquah Campus. She has an open panel.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Roanne R.E. Selinger, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology, Hepatology
1301 4th Avenue Northwest
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Roanne Selinger's specialties are adult gastroenterology and hepatology (liver disease). Dr. Selinger's clinical interests include achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. She is affiliated with Overlake Medical Center, Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, and Swedish Issaquah Campus. She studied medicine at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Selinger completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. Patient ratings for Dr. Selinger average 3.0 stars out of 5. She honors Medicare insurance. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Seattle Super Doctors and Seattle Met : Top Doctors. She is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastrointestinal cancer, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Ascites, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Jason William Harper, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 3020
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Jason Harper specializes in adult gastroenterology and practices in Seattle, WA and Issaquah, WA. After completing medical school at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Dr. Harper performed Dr. Harper's residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. These areas are among Dr. Harper's clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and whipple procedure. Dr. Harper is rated highly by Dr. Harper's patients. Dr. Harper accepts Medicare insurance. Dr. Harper is affiliated with Swedish Edmonds Campus, Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, and Swedish Issaquah Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Maximilian Fong-Fu Lee, MD, MPH
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 3020
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Maximilian Lee is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Seattle, WA and Issaquah, WA. Dr. Lee's clinical interests include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). He is professionally affiliated with Swedish Issaquah Campus and Swedish First Hill Campus. He honors Medicare insurance. He attended New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at Stanford University Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Lee speaks Mandarin and Min Nan.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders)

All Interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Leslie H Price, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 3020
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Leslie Price is an adult gastroenterology specialist in Seattle, WA and Issaquah, WA. These areas are among Dr. Price's clinical interests: achalasia, celiac disease, and whipple procedure. She has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by her patients. She honors Medicare insurance. Before completing her residency at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Dr. Price attended medical school at McGill University Faculty of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, Swedish Issaquah Campus, and Swedish First Hill Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Manometry, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kalle Kang, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 Fourth Avenue Nw; Suite 303
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Kalle Kang practices adult gastroenterology. Dr. Kang's areas of expertise include achalasia, celiac disease, and whipple procedure. He has received a 4.5 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is in-network for Medicare insurance. Dr. Kang studied medicine at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. His medical residency was performed at a hospital affiliated with the University of Michigan. He has received the following distinctions: Seattle Super Doctors; Seattle Magazine: Top Doctors; and Seattle Met: Top Doctors. He is conversant in Mandarin. He is professionally affiliated with Overlake Medical Center and Swedish Issaquah Campus. Dr. Kang is accepting new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Sang U Kim, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 Fourth Avenue Nw; Suite 303
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Sang Kim's specialty is adult gastroenterology. He attended medical school at the University of Washington School of Medicine. Dr. Kim's areas of clinical interest consist of ulcers, colorectal cancer screening, and acid reflux (GERD). He honors Medicare insurance. He has received the following distinction: Seattle Met Magazine Top Doc Seattle Magazine Top Docs. Dr. Kim is professionally affiliated with Overlake Medical Center. His practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , stomach problems, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux (GERD), colitis

All Interests: Cancer Screening, Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Ulcers, Stomach Problems, ... (Read more)

Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
1301 4th Avenue Northwest
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Shie-Pon Tzung is an adult gastroenterologist. His clinical interests include achalasia, celiac disease, and hepatitis C. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. Dr. Tzung graduated from National Taiwan University School of Medicine. He is professionally affiliated with Overlake Medical Center, Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, and Swedish First Hill Campus. Dr. Tzung's practice is open to new patients.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastrointestinal cancer, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Ascites, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, ... (Read more)

Dr. Uma K Pisharody, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 5010
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Uma Pisharody's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. She graduated from Kasturba Medical College. She completed her residency training at Jersey Shore University Medical Center. These areas are among Dr. Pisharody's clinical interests: achalasia, feeding tube insertion, and celiac disease. Her average rating from her patients is 5.0 stars out of 5. Dr. Pisharody is conversant in Malayalam. Her professional affiliations include Swedish Issaquah Campus and Swedish First Hill Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), achalasia, celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, gastroparesis, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, vomiting, short bowel syndrome, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fecal incontinence, constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, bowel obstruction, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Achalasia, Whipple Procedure, Gastroparesis, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Amarnath V Ramakrishnan, MD
Specializes in Adult Gastroenterology
751 Northeast Blakely Drive; Suite 3020
Issaquah, WA
 

Dr. Amarnath Ramakrishnan is a specialist in adult gastroenterology. He works in Yakima, WA, Issaquah, WA, and Redmond, WA. Dr. Ramakrishnan's clinical interests include pain, celiac disease, and whipple procedure. Patient ratings for Dr. Ramakrishnan average 5.0 stars out of 5. He is an in-network provider for Medicare insurance. He graduated from Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute. For his residency, Dr. Ramakrishnan trained at Graduate Hospital. Dr. Ramakrishnan's professional affiliations include Swedish Cherry Hill Campus, Swedish Issaquah Campus, and Swedish First Hill Campus.

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Relevant Interests: , gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders), celiac disease, anal fissures, gastric (stomach) ulcer, colon polyps, diverticular disease, colorectal problems, ulcerative colitis, hemorrhoids, rectal problems, malabsorption, colitis, rectal bleeding, gastrointestinal bleeding, stomach problems, anal fistula, short bowel syndrome, pancreatic cancer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, duodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, anorectal problems, esophageal ulcer, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach cancer, small intestine disorders, Hirschsprung disease, acid reflux (GERD)

All Interests: Whipple Procedure, Rectal Problems, Cirrhosis, Hemorrhage, Colitis, Rectal Bleeding, Bleeding, ... (Read more)

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What are Gastrointestinal Problems?

The gastrointestinal system, or GI tract, is the name given to a collection of organs that work together to digest food. These organs fit together in a long tube, running from the mouth to the anus, and include the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, among others. With so many parts working together, complicated by today’s busy lifestyles and diets, digestive problems are common. As many as 1 in 3 Americans have a digestive or GI disorder. There are a huge variety of digestive problems, but the most common are IBS, constipation, GERD, hemorrhoids, and ulcers.

IBS, or irritable bowel syndrome, happens when the muscles surrounding the colon contract too easily or frequently. The result is abdominal pain, cramps, diarrhea or constipation, gas and bloating. IBS attacks can often be brought on by specific triggers, so a key part of treatment is learning which foods trigger IBS attacks and avoiding them. Treatment also includes exercise, avoiding stress, and medications if needed.

Constipation, or large, hard, or infrequent stools, happens to everyone at some point. It can be caused by a disruption in routine or food, or by eating a diet without many fresh fruits and vegetables. Although it is uncomfortable, constipation is common and usually not serious, but it can sometimes become chronic. Adding fiber to the diet, exercising, and taking medications may help.

GERD, or gastroesophageal reflux disease, is a severe form of chronic heartburn where stomach acid spills back up into the esophagus. Left untreated, the acid may even eat away at the esophagus and cause serious damage. Treatment includes changing the diet to avoid trigger foods, losing weight if needed, medications, or even surgery.

Hemorrhoids are blood vessels around the rectum that become irritated, swollen or torn while straining during a bowel movement. They are most often caused by constipation, but can also be caused by pregnancy, diarrhea, or simply a genetic predisposition towards hemorrhoids. Treatment involves first treating any constipation issues, then keeping the area clean and soothed until it has healed. If these measures are ineffective, surgery is sometimes used.

Peptic ulcers are sores or spots of inflammation in the lining of the stomach or close to the stomach in the small intestine. Usually this area is coated with a protective lining that shields the tissue from the strong stomach acid, but a break in the lining can let acid in, causing the sores. It used to be thought that stress caused ulcers, but now we know that is not the case. Most often, they are caused by an infection by H. pylori bacteria, but ulcers can also be caused by alcohol abuse or overuse of aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, or other NSAIDS. The symptoms of an ulcer are pain, hunger, nausea, and fatigue.

Gastrointestinal problems, perhaps more than any other area, are markedly affected by lifestyle. Many disorders can be prevented or treated at least in part by eating a healthy diet high in fiber, exercising regularly, drinking enough water, and limiting alcohol intake. Still, the frequency of digestive disorders means that even the healthiest person can be affected by them. See your doctor if you notice blood in your stool, abdominal pain, unexplained weight loss, or any significant change in bowel movements.

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